Migrants protect themselves with emergency blankets against  a sudden rainstorm  on the sea wall at the Saint Ludovic border crossing between  Italy and France on Sunday,  June 14th. Photograph:  Jean-Pierre Amet/Reuters 0:44

With 100 Africans sleeping on rocks overlooking the Italian coast after being turned back at the French border, Rome and Paris argued yesterday over (...)

A rescued migrant  at the Sicilian port of Catania yesterday. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

Italy’s boat people crisis continued apace yesterday as yet another vessel carrying migrants landed in the port of Catania. On a bright sunny Sicilian(...)

Asylum seekers hold a banner asking for freedom of movement and work in Europe, during a demonstration in front of the Italian parliament in Rome yesterday. Photograph: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images

As many as 5,000 migrants a week could arrive in Italy by sea from north African ports in the next five months unless something is done about the i(...)

A migrant (right) prepares to put on a pair of new shoes after disembarking at the Sicilian harbor of Catania. Some 220 migrants who were rescued at sea off the coast of Libya on Wednesday were taken to the Sicilian port of Catania early on Thursday. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

As EU leaders were preparing for an emergency summit in Brussels today to discuss Europe’s ongoing migrant crisis, another boatload of migrants was (...)

Italian marines prepare to check and document African migrants after transporting them from a commercial ship to a navy vessel in the Mediterranean Sea between Italy and Libya early in October   2014. Photograph: Lynsey Addario/The New York Times)

The Italian navy will continue a search and rescue mission which has saved the lives of an estimated 150,000 refugees because no order has been receiv(...)

Peter Sutherland: Europe’s populist parties have been allowed  to frame migration as “people getting over borders” when it is more complex than that. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

UN special representative for migration Peter Sutherland has called on incoming European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker to establish a commi(...)

Refugees leave the Italian Navy ship ‘Etna’, which rescued some  2,186 migrants off the Sicily coasts, as it arrives in Salerno, Southern Italy today. Photograph: Cesare Abbate/EPA.

Nineteen people died trying to reach Italy on a boat packed with hundreds of migrants, probably poisoned by carbon monoxide fumes from its engines, th(...)

A file image of migrants sitting on a boat during a rescue operation by the Italian navy some 60km off the coast of Libya earlier this month. The Italian navy found some 30 people dead on a migrant boat this weekend and rescued about 5,000 others. Photograph: Marina Militare/Handout via Reuters.

About 30 people have been found dead on a boat packed with migrants off the coast of Sicily. Italy’s navy also rescued thousands of others who were(...)

Italy’s prime minister Enrico Letta gestures during a news conference at Chigi Palace in Rome on Wednesday. He resisted  pressure  to resign and let centre-left leader Matteo Renzi form a new government. Photograph: Remo Casilli/Reuters

Italy’s prime minister Enrico Letta faces a showdown with his own centre-left party on Thursday that could lead to his resignation and the appo(...)

Silvio Berlusconi addresses supporters in Rome on Saturday. Photograph: AP Photo/Roberto Monaldo/Lapresse

The first item on the agenda of Silvio Berlusconi’s new party was “the split”. No sooner had Mr Berlusconi “refounded” Forza Italia on Saturday mornin(...)